Visualisation Tools

Drawing by Numbers regularly reviews data visualisation tools. The tool reviews can be searched according to what you are trying to do or simply browse through all of them lower down the page.

The tools reviewed are all free to use and many are open source. The level of difficulty for each tool is noted under the section 'learning curve'. Each tool review provides a list of resources including learning materials and tutorials from other websites to get you started on some basics. If you know of a tool or resource that you think should be in here, please do contact us.

 

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Tools that match your requirements

Many Eyes

a website where you can make interactive charts with your own data.

Prezi

an online tool for making exciting-looking presentations.

Inkscape

a tool for drawing and making illustrations.

Wordle

a website where you can create images that show which topics stand out in a text.

Tableau Public

powerful desktop software for making professional-looking interactive charts, maps and tables that you can share online.

OpenOffice Impress

a free tool for making slideshow presentations.

Vidi

software for making charts, maps and diagrams for your website.

Gapminder

powerful desktop software for making professional-looking interactive charts, maps and tables that you can share online.

Google Fusion Tables

an online database for creating big online datasets from different sources and then making online maps from it.

Gimp

a free tool for drawing and working with pictures.

Scribus

free software for creating the layout of your publications.

Google Spreadsheets

an online spreadsheet with useful data collection and visualisation features.

Google Maps

a free-to-use, searchable online map of the world that you can use to show your own data.

Spreadsheets application, part of the OpenOffice productivity suite.

Database program from the openoffice family.

Open Refine

NEW WORKTHROUGH showing how we used Open Refine to find and correct errors in data.

OpenOffice Calc

a tool for organising data and information in tables, and making charts out of it.

Open Street Map

a free online map of the world, created by it users.

Ushahidi

a website to collect, show and share information about a series of events like an election or a crisis as it unfolds in real time, or after the fact.

OpenHeatMap

NEW WORKTHROUGH showing how we created a heat map.

Data Wrangler

an online tool that can be used to reformat, clean up and organise your dataset.

Timeflow

a tool that helps you to make sense of time-based data through the use of timelines and chronologies.

gephi

an interactive tool for exploring, visualising and understanding large network graphs.

Yahoo Pipes

a free online tool that enables you to grab, mix and filter data before displaying the results in feeds, lists or on maps.

Dapper

a free tool that automatically extracts content from websites and publishes it in different formats which you can reuse.

Tilemill

desktop software which can turn Geographic Information System (GIS) based data into beautiful thematic maps.

Infogram

a free web service that lets you create simple online infographics and charts.

D3.js

a sophisticated, code-based toolkit that helps you create exceptionally rich and complex data driven visualizations.

Google Earth

powerful desktop software to create three-dimensional maps of the world onto which you can overlay your own information.

Timeline Setter

free software for Linux and MacOS that can create rich and detailed timelines for your websites.

RSS Mapper

a free, easy-to-use web service that automatically maps news from any RSS feed.

impress.js

Free, open source web application for creating dynamic presentations.

Browse the tool reviews

Many Eyes

a website where you can make interactive charts with your own data.

Prezi

an online tool for making exciting-looking presentations.

Inkscape

a tool for drawing and making illustrations.

Wordle

a website where you can create images that show which topics stand out in a text.

Tableau Public

powerful desktop software for making professional-looking interactive charts, maps and tables that you can share online.

OpenOffice Impress

a free tool for making slideshow presentations.

Vidi

software for making charts, maps and diagrams for your website.

Gapminder

powerful desktop software for making professional-looking interactive charts, maps and tables that you can share online.

Google Fusion Tables

an online database for creating big online datasets from different sources and then making online maps from it.

Gimp

a free tool for drawing and working with pictures.

Scribus

free software for creating the layout of your publications.

Google Spreadsheets

an online spreadsheet with useful data collection and visualisation features.

Google Maps

a free-to-use, searchable online map of the world that you can use to show your own data.

Spreadsheets application, part of the OpenOffice productivity suite.

Database program from the openoffice family.

Open Refine

NEW WORKTHROUGH showing how we used Open Refine to find and correct errors in data.

OpenOffice Calc

a tool for organising data and information in tables, and making charts out of it.

Open Street Map

a free online map of the world, created by it users.

Ushahidi

a website to collect, show and share information about a series of events like an election or a crisis as it unfolds in real time, or after the fact.

OpenHeatMap

NEW WORKTHROUGH showing how we created a heat map.

Data Wrangler

an online tool that can be used to reformat, clean up and organise your dataset.

Timeflow

a tool that helps you to make sense of time-based data through the use of timelines and chronologies.

gephi

an interactive tool for exploring, visualising and understanding large network graphs.

Yahoo Pipes

a free online tool that enables you to grab, mix and filter data before displaying the results in feeds, lists or on maps.

Dapper

a free tool that automatically extracts content from websites and publishes it in different formats which you can reuse.

Tilemill

desktop software which can turn Geographic Information System (GIS) based data into beautiful thematic maps.

Infogram

a free web service that lets you create simple online infographics and charts.

D3.js

a sophisticated, code-based toolkit that helps you create exceptionally rich and complex data driven visualizations.

Google Earth

powerful desktop software to create three-dimensional maps of the world onto which you can overlay your own information.

Timeline Setter

free software for Linux and MacOS that can create rich and detailed timelines for your websites.

RSS Mapper

a free, easy-to-use web service that automatically maps news from any RSS feed.

impress.js

Free, open source web application for creating dynamic presentations.